Choosing the right flooring for each room in your home is no easy task. While some people may choose to redo all the floors at once, others may go room by room as needed. Regardless of which way you choose to do it, it’s important to understand the different types of flooring and in what room they best serve their purpose. In today’s post, we will provide you with a few helpful tips that you should take into consideration as you replace the flooring in each room of your home.
Not sure where to even begin? Our experts are here to help! At Gateway Design & Home in Loveland, we not only offer an extensive selection of flooring, but we also offer expert advice derived from years of experience in the industry. When you visit our flooring showroom, we can help you determine what flooring will work best for your needs so that you can go home happy and confident in your investment. Explore our site to learn more, and stop by our Loveland showroom to get started!
Consider the High-Traffic Areas
As you begin planning how you want to replace the flooring in your home, it’s important to note that not all rooms have the same amount of traffic as others. Rooms such as the living room and kitchen will see much more traffic than your bedroom, guest room, or home office, for example. The reason you need to think about what areas of your home have more traffic is because those areas may require more durable flooring than areas that don’t see as much traffic.
If you’re looking into durable flooring options for your high-traffic areas, you may want to consider laminate and tile. However, those types of flooring, while good for high-traffic areas, may not be the warmest and welcoming for other areas of your home, such as your living room. For those spaces, it’s okay to invest in carpeting, as those areas are high-traffic, but they likely won’t experience as much dirt, mud, or moisture as some of the other high-traffic areas, which leads us to our next point.
Where Will You Need Moisture Control?
Moisture is a huge factor when it comes to deciding what type of flooring you will need. There are many types of flooring that can withstand moisture, but there are also some that can’t. The first example that may come to mind is carpet. Carpet can easily become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria when exposed to moisture, so you probably wouldn’t want to put it in areas such as your laundry room, bathroom, or kitchen. For these rooms, you might want to consider flooring that not only offers moisture control, but also offers durability for the high-traffic areas. With that in mind, we recommend laminate, tile, or vinyl. All three of these floors can stand up to moisture, as well as heavy traffic, making it easy for you to keep them looking their best.
Think About Pets
If you are someone who has pets, then there’s a good chance that you’ve seen the destruction that your pets can do to just about anything, and it’s safe to say that you can add flooring to that list. Even the most well-behaved pets can end up scratching up your flooring if you don’t have the right kind, so it’s best to keep that in mind as you begin shopping.
For pet owners, it’s recommended to look into durable flooring that can hold its own against mud, moisture, long claws, and more. Depending on the room where you’re planning to replace the flooring, you may also want to look into moisture control. We recommend vinyl, tile, laminate, or even carpet.
Do You Plan to DIY?
While it may be easier to pay a professional to install your new flooring, some people prefer doing things themselves. There’s nothing wrong with installing your flooring yourself; in fact, there are certain types of flooring that are designed to make it easier for you to DIY.
Both laminate and plank vinyl floors are considered hovering floors, meaning they connect to the piece adjacent to them, as opposed to the subfloor below them. This makes it easier for the average DIYer to install these types of floors themselves and still create a really great final product. Another option for the DIYer is tile. However, both ceramic and porcelain tile require some skill to install, so if you plan on tiling one of the more prominent rooms in your home, we recommend honing your skills in a more discreet location first, such as your downstairs guest bathroom.
Find the Perfect Flooring Today!
There’s a lot you will need to consider before you finally settle on the right flooring for your home, but the good news is that you don’t have to do it alone! At Gateway Design & Home in Loveland, our staff members have years of experience in the flooring industry, and we can help steer you in the right direction to a type of flooring that meets all of your needs. Learn more about your flooring options by exploring our site, and when you’re ready to get started, visit our flooring showroom in Loveland!